Here Are Brigitte Bardot’s Controversial Comments About #MeToo
"I thought it was nice to be told that I was beautiful."
Iconic French actress Brigitte Bardot, 83, has added her voice to the growing movement of female screen icons speaking out against the excesses of the #metoo movement.
In an interview with Paris Match, Bardot said that “in the vast majority of cases,” women in the film industry complaining of harassment are making hypocritical claims.
“Many actresses flirt with producers to get a role. Then when they tell the story afterwards, they say they have been harassed,” she said.
Bardot is one of the best-known sex symbols of the 1960s, following her unabashedly sexual role in the 1957 film And God Created Woman. In her book, Brigitte Bardot and the Lolita Syndrome, famed feminist Simone de Beauvoir declared Bardot the first and most liberated woman of post-war France. In 1973, Bardot retired from acting, and has since devoted her life to animal rights.
Despite the fact that Bardot was world renowned for her sexuality, she claims she has never been the victim of sexual harassment. Furthermore, she does not agree with some of the behavior that modern society considers sexual harassment.
“I thought it was nice to be told that I was beautiful or that I had a pretty little *ss. This kind of compliment is nice.”
Bardot’s controversial comments come on the heels of Deneuve’s open letter in Le Monde, which claimed there was a difference between hitting on a woman and sexually harassing her, and defended a man’s “right to pester.” The letter was very heavily criticized by other feminist activists, leading Deneuve to apologize to victims of sexual violence in a letter published in the newspaper Libération on Sunday.
“I fraternally salute all women victims of odious acts who may have felt aggrieved by the letter in Le Monde. It is to them, and them alone, that I apologize.”
However, she also stated that she stands by her original statement, and that its message had been distorted by overly zealous activists.
“Nothing in the text claims that harassment is good,” she said.
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